Mysuru: Due to a lack of clarity in the University of Mysore statute, 56-year-old Vishwanatha, who is working as an Associate Professor and head of the Kannada department, Maharaja First Grade College, has been waiting for promotion since the year 2003.
Though there is an order from the High Court, Chief Secretary of Karnataka, Governor of Karnataka, Prime Minister and even the President of India, he is yet to get a promotion from the University of Mysore. Following the denial of a promotion, a frustrated Vishwanatha staged a silent protest at the Gandhi Statue in Gandhi Bhavan, Manasa Gangotri.
Speaking to Newskarnataka, Vishwanatha said, “Though I am eligible for a promotion, for which I even have a direction from the HC, Chief Secretary and even the President of India, I don’t know the reason why the University authorities are not giving me a promotion. I got appointed in 1993 and became a permanent member of the faculty in 1994. Later, in 1998, I was promoted as a senior scale lecture and in 2003, I became an Associate Professor, since then I have not got any promotion. I have submitted more than 15 letters to the University of Mysore authorities. In 2013, even the High court ordered the University of Mysore to promote me as Professor but the authorities failed to do so."
Hemanth Kumar, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Mysore said, “The last promotion at the UG level is Associate Professor. There is provision to give promotion to just three percent of those working at various UG colleges, but unfortunately they have not mentioned the criteria, i.e. merit, seniority or roster. We have a meeting on April 26, during which we will take up the issue and later, get an approval from the government. We will try to deliver justice to all, including Vishwanatha. We are here for the welfare of the employees”.
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